Alpha, an abandoned robot, runs a small shop in the backwoods of Japan. With an ever-present lack of customers, she passes the days enjoying the little things in life, such as the smell of freshly brewed coffee, and conversation with her neighbors. But when a typhoon emerges and damages the shop, Alpha decides to embark on a journey to see other parts of Japan, expand her horizons, and explore other aspects of life.
Neo Venezia, the pride of planet Aqua, is a quaint city filled with canals and easy-going people. Many companies operate their gondolas on the canals, giving tours to tourists and locals alike, but the most famous of them is the Aria Company. Follow the adventures of Aria's young apprentice, Akari, as she learns the tricks of the trade from her beautiful senior, Alicia. Together with her friends Aika and Alice, apprentices of rival companies, and their seniors Akira and Athena, they train their skills as gondoliers, meeting new people and learning new things about the city each day.
Yokohama and Aria are set in the future with a neat setting of high-tech advances, but both anime are extremely tranquil; it is purely slice of life. You'll really see this unheavy feeling within the use of colours and simply the events that occur. Aria the Animation occurs outside of Earth, and the colours used are beautiful since they use a lot of water elements.
Both Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou and Aria fall in the category of slice-of-life seinen 'healing' anime. They're pretty to look at, have a relaxed plotline, and have mellow jazz soundtracks.
In fact, they're so much alike in most ways that it's probably more useful to focus on the few differences: Aria is about young women; YKK is about a humanoid robot of indeterminate age. Aria has sentient cats as primary cast members, and President Aria in particular annoys some viewers. YKK is post-apocalyptic; Aria is post-diaspora.
If you like one, there's a very high probability that you'll like the other.
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: Quiet Country Cafe and Aria the Animation are two shows about absolutely nothing. Both have pretty graphics and music. Warning both may cause drowsiness. If you liked one you'll probably like the other.
If you enjoyed the slow-paced slice-of-life style in Yokohama, then you may want to consider watching Aria. If you liked the more modern twist of seeing how a robotic girl copes with her life in a seemingly traditional world, then you may find the world of Neo Venezia in Aria intriguing.
Liked the quiet, relaxing and warm feeling of YKK: QCC? Then you should defenitely try out Aria, which is the only series to provide you with equal or even greater sensations of those feelings.
Tranquil, slow paced and with the focus on the joy of small, insignificant emotions. If you enjoyed the type of storytelling YKK-QCC brought you, most definitely check out the better anime in the same category: Aria. It also has a great scenic setting, nothing but kind characters and has a different, even more fitting soundtrack for a show like this.
A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.
Also being a slow-paced, peaceful show, Haibane Renmei is something I'd most definitely recommend to fans of YKK-QCC. It has the same sense of tranquility (although better executed), but also adds a subtle story of mystery seamlessly into the plot. Add more relatable characters and one of my favorite soundtracks into the mix (yes, even more fitting than YKK-QCCs OST), and you've got something I think fans of tranquil storytelling will greatly enjoy.
Akari's training as a gondolier at the prestigious Aria Company continues. Of course for Akari, the difference between training and just having fun is sometimes nonexistent! She and the rest of the "A-Team" face new adventures in the crooks and crannies of the city: hunting down an elusive treasure, looking for a secret conclave of cats, or just helping out the postman. This time with double the chibis and triple the punyuus, Akari and friends learn more about how life goes on at its leisurely pace, to the lazy beat of Neo Venezia.
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: Quiet Country Cafe and Aria the Natural are two shows about absolutely nothing. Both have pretty graphics and music. Warning both may cause drowsiness. If you liked one you'll probably like the other.
The water-laden city of Neo-Venezia is a haven for tourists and dream chasers. While in the city, gondoliers known as Undines ferry the visitors from place to place, showing them the sights or simply lending a sympathetic ear. Akari Mizunashi is an apprentice at the Aria Company, one of three companies in the city, and wishes to be promoted someday to the title of Prima. With the help of her friends, Akari accomplishes many things including helping to shuttle frequent visitors to the unknown sights of the city, gazing at beautiful paintings, and pondering the existence of the planet before it was called Aqua.
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: Quiet Country Cafe and Aria the Origination are two shows about absolutely nothing. Both have pretty graphics and music. Warning both may cause drowsiness. If you liked one you'll probably like the other.
Pouring a perfect cocktail is a difficult feat, but one bartender, Ryuu Sasakura, is such a master of his craft that his drinks are renowned worldwide. No matter what challenges are thrown his way, Ryuu takes the time to get to know his customers and serves them the most helpful concoction for their joys and sorrows. With a calm demeanor and caring heart, this skilled bartender will do whatever it takes to make his clientele, and colleagues, happy.
Bartender is a show that gives you the same sort of calm, stress-relieving experience YKK-QCC does, but in a different, more interesting way. Lots of the scenic shots have been replaced with great dialogues and jazzy soundtrack that will make you able to sit back, relax and forget the worries of everyday life for a few moments.